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550 lose jobs at nPower in Stoke-on-Trent

550 people have been told today they will lose their jobs at nPower in Stoke-on-Trent. The company said it is closing its operation there next June.

The company has been in Stoke-on-Trent for about 20 years.

We're operating in extremely tough times and we've had to look at what's right for the long-term future of the company.

We also have to keep our costs as low as possible when our customers are seeing bills going up due to a range of external factors.

– Roger HATTAM, nPower


Midlands npower cuts to be announced

The energy giant is set to announce plans to move 1,400 jobs to India, according to sources Credit: Andy Hepburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hundreds of people in the Midlands are expected to be told by energy provider nPower this morning that they are to lose their jobs.

It is thought 1400 jobs in the UK will be moved overseas with the company's office in Stoke being shut down.

The energy giant employs around 2500 people across the Midlands and also has sites in Solihull, Worcester and Oldbury.

Derby man who wrote for UN 'dismayed' he cannot find work

A man who wrote speeches for the head of the United Nations says he is dismayed he can not get work, despite applying for hundreds of jobs.

Adam Pitt from Derby spent two years working in China, during which time he wrote speeches for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Official figures today show unemployment in the East Midlands has risen by a thousand in the three months to August.

Chamber of Commerce head: 'Job opportunities up'

The president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has said that today's employment figures highlight a rise in the number of job opportunities available at West Midlands companies. However, he believes more still needs to be done to get people into employment in the region.

The number of manufacturing firms looking to recruit has increased to 50 per cent, up from 45 per cent last quarter.

Export growth in the region is rising rapidly and the economy is showing signs of stability, but there is still a fundamental disconnect between skills and what businesses need in the region, especially in urban areas.

The Chamber is very proactive in supporting initiatives which will help bridge the gap between employers and education, such as the Skills Show on 14-16 November at the Birmingham NEC aimed at helping to connect young people with business.

– Steve Brittan, president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce


Jobs recovery 'starting to accelerate'

A regional manager for an online job website in the West Midlands says that a fall in the unemployment rate in the region over the last quarter shows that the recovery is on track.

Today’s statistics, coupled with recent growth figures, show that the recovery is really starting to accelerate.

Now is the time for North West based employers and the government to put the pedal to the metal and create the jobs to set our region on the long road to a sustainable recovery.

We are bound to see further increases in jobs in retail, catering and hospitality as we approach the Christmas party season, but we have to be conscious that any increase we see may well be inflated in the interim as many jobs will be temporary rather than permanent.

– Roma Aitken, Regional Manager for in the West Midlands

West Midlands second highest in UK for unemployment

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today have revealed that the West Midlands is still the second highest in the UK for unemployment rates, with 254,000 people out of work.

The findings show that 9.4% of people were unemployed in the period between June and August 2013.

The West Midlands has the second highest unemployment rate Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Although the number was down from 268,000 between March and May, it still represents the biggest unemployment rate after the North East.

In the East Midlands unemployment figures increased by 1,000 in the three months to August, with 7.7% of people (177,000) out of work in the period.

At the national level, unemployment fell by 18,000 between June and August to 2.49 million, with the total number of people in employment now at a new record high.

Christmas jobs up for grabs at John Lewis

A sales assistant for John Lewis in Nottingham is urging people in the city to apply for temporary sales jobs at the store in the run up to Christmas.

Lucy Taylor joined as a temp in Christmas 2012 and is now a full-time worker. She says you never know where a temporary job will lead.

Sales assistant serving customers at John Lewis in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

“Joining as a Christmas temp meant I learnt so much in such a small space of time within a busy and fast-paced working environment. When a permanent position became available, I jumped at the chance.”_

The firm are also looking for temporary workers in Tamworth. Positions will be advertised here.

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